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Amazing 1,200 Stone figures around you at the Sagano area

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Overwhelmingly, 1,200 stone figures called, 'rakan' warmly welcome you at the Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple located deep inside Saga-Arasiyama area. The temple was established in 766 by the ordering of Emperor Shotoku. Since the area used to be called Yamashiro-no-kuni, Otagi-goori at that time, the temple was named Otagi Temple. On the contrary, the temple got first washed away because the Kamo River was flooded at the beginning of the Heian-period (794-1192). So the monk of Tendai Sect, Senkan-Naig...moreu (918 - 984) was asked to redevelop the temple. Hence, the Bodhisattva of the principal image that was carved by him is enshrined at the main hall.

The rakans were carved by 1,200 prayers for 10 years in order to re-established the temple as the second tragic typhoon hit the city in 1950. Although most temples in Kyoto don’t give a permission to take a photo of Buddha statues, you can take some photos of statues and buildings all in the site and upload them on your Facebook! There are so many shops, restaurants, and Kyoto traditional townhouses alongside the street between the bamboo groves and the temple. Why not rent a bicycle near Arashiyama Station to enjoy cycling around the area?
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The atmosphere of the Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple is really majestic! Since you could only hear that the trees make a sound of wind, you would feel as if you got lost in the parallel world! The Rakans are laid out everywhere in the site. Firstly, you would be afraid. However, they would make you smile little by little while you are taking some photos.
1,200 Raken (stone figures)
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1,200 Rakans (stone figures)
There are 1,200 rakans everywhere in the premises. All of them were carved by supporters to maintain the temple for 10 years (1981-1991). The face and shape of them are very expressive with a smile, a surprise, and also fear!
When the priest invited people who hope to carve the stones, many immediately applied. The name of a carver is laid out the back of each rakan. Most of the rakans are with moss so they really go well with the nature! Please try to find a rakan that looks like you!
Hiun Kannon
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Hiun Kannon
It is enshrined in front of the entrance of the main hall. Hiun means moving the cloud. Therefore, it is believed that when people who are planning to go on a trip by an aeroplane pray for the Buddha before traveling, their trip will be safe until the end. Let’s pray for safety in your trip back home!
Touch Fureai Kannon
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Touch Fureai Kannon
The Buddha with lovely smile at Fureai Kannon hall is a cute-looking Buddha for blind people. Since blind people don’t know exactly where it is enshrined, they can pray by touching it instead of looking! In addition, if you touch it while touching the damaged part of your body by the other hand, your pain will disappear!
Pray Kokuzo Bosatsu
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Pray Kokuzo Bosatsu
Even though you are not a Buddhist, please try to pray in a same way that you do in your country. This Buddha wears a cross so that there are absolutely no restrictions on who can pray. Although the site is covered with a lot of moss, it is wonderfully brilliant.
Manner & Tips
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You can enter inside the buildings in premises, but please take your shoes off when you come in there.
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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Categories Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-865-1231
Address 2-5, Sagatoriimoto Fukatanicho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8439
Directions Get off at Otagi-dera Mae Kyoto bus stop #62, #72, #64, #94 Kyoto bus for Kiyotaki from Hankyu Arashiyama Stn or Keihuku Dentetsu Arashiyama Line Arashiyama Stn
Hours 8am - 5pm (Gate is closed at 4:45pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Fee ¥300 (adult)
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English brochures are available at the entrance and the son of the priest speaks English fluently. It is not located far away from the Arashiyama bamboo groves.
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese and English
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple +81 75-865-1231 ¥300 (adult) -1/3

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